Cache or Cash: WordPress Performance vs. Cheap Hosting

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How do you get snappy performance for a site when you’re not spending very much on hosting? How much hardware can your hosting provider throw at your blog when you’re paying $5 to $6 per month?

There are two WordPress plugins what will vastly improve the performance of your site, W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. Both take a bit out of the most expensive part of the WordPress performance cycle, building a page. A typical WordPress page requires dozens of database queries. As content is retrieved from the database, it’s wrapped in HTML, merged with CSS, compressed, minified, and ultimately delivered the the reader’s browser. And, most of the time, that page is exactly what was delivered the time before, and the time before that.

These plugins work by doing all that work just once and storing the result as a file. If you ask for a page, the caching plugin jumps in serves you the static copy. If your browser has already been served the page, it just sends a code “304” – you’ve already go it, so use your copy.

Either plugin will give you impressive results.

Make sure you use a caching plugin to get the best performance from your WordPress site.

2 Replies to “Cache or Cash: WordPress Performance vs. Cheap Hosting”

  1. Thanks for a great article on W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache – do I understand that I would be making use of both plugins on the same website?

    Also can you tell me, will more plugins begin to slow down a site or is it vastly dependent on what plugins we are talking about?

    Thanks for your response to this.

    Yours truly
    Mikkel

    1. Mikkel: You’d use one or the other, not both.  When do you have too many plugins?  Good question. I’ve seen a lot of argument about that.  The net seems to be to use the minimum necessary to make your site work.

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